Body Language: Guang Chang Wu
Over 100 million people gather daily in China to dance and socialize in public parks, neighborhood squares, and even underneath freeway overpasses. The dance styles can vary from Guang Chang Wu, a form of Chinese square dance, to Yangge, a popular folk dance. Over the years, new pockets of public dance groups have emerged in cities around the world. Director Jean Liu captures this celebratory profile piece by bringing dancers from Manhattan Performing Arts Troupe, Team ZhiQing, and Team Red Dance Studio/Eva Dance Studio to reflect on their love for dance and heritage.
In Body Language Film Series
Play video Body Language in Conversation
Body Language in Conversation
Jacob’s Pillow has partnered with the global video channel NOWNESS to produce Body Language–a series of three films centered on the theme of breaking cultural boundaries in dance. Body Language features films from performance artist Bill Shannon, thr
Play video BODY LANGUAGE: Morgan Bullock
BODY LANGUAGE: Morgan Bullock
Morgan Bullock's unique style bridges the centuries-long tradition of Irish dance & contemporary hip-hop culture. In this film of a genre-defying dancer, director Haley Anderson pared down the frame to spotlight the static virtuosity of Irish dancing
Play video Body Language: Bill Shannon
Body Language: Bill Shannon
Director Leo Pfeifer follows performance artist Bill Shannon on the streets of NYC, showcasing a gravity-defying display of dance. Leo Pfeifer captures Shannon in this poetic film that exemplifies the artist’s journey & evolving dance lexicon.
Play video Body Language: Barrio Sonidero
Body Language: Barrio Sonidero
Director Leo Aguirre spotlights New York’s sonidero community and the transcendental power fueling unification through dance in this NOWNESS collaboration as part of the Body Language series.